Taking Part in LITI Faculty Search

There are several opportunities this week to meet Dr. Carmen Medina, one of our literacy specialist  faculty candidates, and participate in the search process:

  • A colloquium on Wednesday, February 3, at 4:00 pm in 138 HM, where Dr. Medina will be presenting some of her research around literacy practices
  • Dr. Medina’s sample teaching lesson on Thursday, February 4, at 3 pm in 277 GDH
  • Immediately following the lesson at 4:00 pm (also in 277 GDH), Mary Coakley will host a student meeting with Dr. Medina, where you will get a chance to ask her questions, share ideas, and give input to the search committee.

You are invited to all three events: the colloquium, the sample teaching lesson, and the student meeting.  Please RSVP to Mary (coakley at tc dot edu) and let her know which one(s) you will be attending.  Thanks so much!


Settling In and Looking Ahead

For full-time students especially, it seems odd to be settling in to second semester AND looking ahead to graduation.  Yet that’s exactly what we’re doing.  This is the first full week of classes, and Monday, February 1st, is the deadline to file an application for May graduation.

If a May diploma is your goal, please pick up the green form from the Registrar (3rd floor Thorndike), fill it out, and have Marjorie, Mary, or me sign.  We are available much of this week except Friday.  Try not to wait until Monday.  Triple check that your credits total 32, and save the pink form until your MARP is complete.

Many of you started fieldwork this week.  How exciting to meet a new group of students–enjoy!  And for our full-time teachers, working so hard and feeling like the holidays were a long time ago…don’t worry, your February break is almost here!

Take care,


Fieldwork Meeting for Fulltime Students

Fieldwork placements for the fall are being finalized!  Please plan to attend an information meeting on Tuesday, January 19th, 3-4 pm.  (Room TBD)  General expectations will be shared, plus you’ll get to meet our two new supervisors!

Also, please reserve the mornings of Wednesday and Thursday (Jan. 20, 21) of that week and the following week for an initial visit to your new school.  Regular fieldwork hours will begin the week of January 25th and run through the end of April.

Mark these dates on your calendar:

February 15-19  NYC Midwinter Break, Schools Closed

March 15-19  Teachers College Spring Break

March 29-April 6  NYC Spring Break, Schools Closed

Enjoy your week…we look forward to seeing you back soon!

Happy New Year!

It’s 2010–can you believe it?  Not so long ago we were learning to begin the year’s date with a 2 instead of a 1, and now we’re trying to figure out what to call the next decade.  Wow.

Whether you are back in the classroom or enjoying your last l-o-n-g semester break, we hope your year is off to a refreshing start. Take some time to relax and enjoy before classes begin.

Maybe you even have time to read a non-required book just for fun?!  I am working on Say You’re One of Them by Uwem Akpan.  It’s an amazing collection of five narratives, each told from a child’s perspective and set in a different African country.  I’m also beginning Mary Karr’s memoir, The Liars’ Club. It’s the first of three…the third, Lit, is getting all the current raves, but I wanted to start at the beginning.

What did you read/what are you planning to read over winter break?  Please share with us. There’s still time, plus we can always look ahead to those spring breaks!

Stay warm,